The Circle of Blood

The Circle of Blood

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by Alane Ferguson
     
 

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Cameryn Mahoney works as the assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, Colorado. But if that's not hard enough, her long-lost mother has made a surprise return to Cameryn's life. When her mother picks up a mysterious young hitchhiker, Cameryn senses that the girl is running from something. But before she can find out more, the girl is found

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Cameryn Mahoney works as the assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, Colorado. But if that's not hard enough, her long-lost mother has made a surprise return to Cameryn's life. When her mother picks up a mysterious young hitchhiker, Cameryn senses that the girl is running from something. But before she can find out more, the girl is found dead-with a gun in her hand. Is it suicide? Or something even more sinister?

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VOYA
AGERANGE: Ages 12 to 18.

The third installment in Ferguson's forensic mysteries finds seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney in her small Colorado mountain town getting to know her long-estranged mother, Hannah, an unstable artist. Hannah picks up a teenage girl hitchhiker, who runs off with Hannah's wallet when Cameryn meets them in downtown Silverton and who shortly thereafter is discovered dead. As assistant to the coroner, Cameryn is torn between the duties of her job and the instinct to protect her mother from suspicion of murder, and she attempts to rectify it by putting herself in danger and finding the killer. Along the way, Cameryn's bond with the young deputy sheriff grows tighter, and she gains the respect of the county's curmudgeonly medical examiner. In addition to writing a suspenseful story, Ferguson fairly and accurately approaches the subject of Mormonism and fundamentalist Mormons. She also treats bipolar disorder knowledgeably and sympathetically in Hannah. The descriptions of the forensic work, including documenting the crime scenes and performing autopsies, are engaging and informative and will no doubt garner interest for the profession among teens. This book is the best yet in the series, and the ending lets the reader know that there are more to come. Reviewer: Jenny Ingram
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

KLIATT - KLIATT Review
This is part of a series about 17-year-old Cameryn, who wants to be a forensic expert. She lives in a small town in Colorado where her father is the county coroner, and he has hired her and trained her to be his assistant. The details of the dead bodies are graphic and horrifying, but nothing that will shock YAs who are accustomed to TV shows such as Bones or the CSI series. Ferguson takes the details of the forensics seriously and tries to be realistic. The mystery is challenging, and Cameryn's life is interesting as she struggles to connect to her mentally ill mother. There's a bit of romance involved, but more effective than that is the ongoing suspense (from previous books) created by her being stalked by Kyle, a murderer who once was her friend. Yikes! Age Range: Ages 12 to 18. REVIEWER: Claire Rosser (Vol. 42, No. 1)
Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Cameryn is assistant to her father, the county coroner. Her job is to photograph the body and scene of an accident or crime. She lives with her father and grandmother, but her mother has come back to the small town of Silverton, Colorado, and Cameryn is learning uncomfortable information about her past. Facts like her mother was psychotic and accidentally killed Cameryn's sister. A hitchhiker her mother picked up is shot hours later. The dead girl is holding a gun toward her head. Was it suicide? Or was her mother responsible? Dealing with bloody corpses doesn't faze Cameryn, but she falters when confronted with a moral dilemma—whether to protect her mother or come forth with details in a possible murder case. To justify her cover-up and after her mother is arrested for the murder, Cameryn feels she must find out who really killed the girl and puts herself in danger with the fundamentalist sect of the Mormon Church. Alane Ferguson has written other books about Cameryn. Reviewer: Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up- Cameryn Mahoney, 17-year-old forensics expert and assistant to her father, the county coroner of Silverton, CO, is back for her third case, which involves the apparent suicide of a girl whom Cameryn's estranged mother picked up as a hitchhiker only hours before. As it becomes increasingly obvious that the victim was murdered, Cameryn struggles to shield her mother from the authorities while trying to find out the truth about the girl's death, which involves a polygamist cult very loosely based on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is also attempting to learn more about her mother's past and her parents' separation. In her desperation to solve the case, she enters into an email correspondence with a dean of the CU College of Forensics, but all is not as it seems. As with the previous two books, there is an abundance of gruesome and accurate forensic detail that will delight CSI fans, and the story is fast paced and exciting enough to hook reluctant readers as well as mystery enthusiasts. The conclusion is a real shocker (although those who read the second book may see it coming), and Ferguson definitely leaves the door open for a sequel.-Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670060566
Publisher:
Viking Juvenile
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
Forensic Mystery Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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